Two main activities are being developed in the region:
-A needs and opportunities assessment study is being conducted by two scholars of the Public Policy Research Group (Núcleo de Pesquisa em Políticas Públicas – NP3) of the University of Brasilia. The report will be discussed with municipal officials in the framework of a panel organized by UNESCO during the Ibero-American Congress of Municipal Professionals (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 28 October- 1 November 2002).
The final report will be available in November 2003 on this website.
-In relation to the training component, a partnership is being established with the School of Virtual Governance of the International Institute of Governance (Barcelona, Spain) and the Ibero-American Union of Municipal Professionals (Granada, Spain). Both institutions have a significant experience in distance training for municipal officials and urban decision-makers on issues concerning local development and governance. A distance training specialization module on e-local governance will be launched during the Santo Domingo Congress.
Specialization course on local e-governance: Cegel II (in Spanish) and Cegel I (in Portuguese)*
03-10-2006 - This course organized by UNESCO and the Union Iberoamericana de Municipalistas (UIM) in the framework of the cross-cutting project on “ICTs to improve governance” financed by the Spanish Government aims at delivering essential skills to local government officials and will examine how ICTs can be used by the local public organizations and what it can bring to local democracy.
Dominican Republic: The e-Government Plan will be launched next June*
08-04-2005 - The Dominican e-Government Plan proposed by the President Leonel Fernández during his campaign will start in June. The Ministry of Education will be the first one to go online. This initiative will allow citizens to obtain information on public services by visiting a Web portal.
UNESCO supports an online Observatory on ICTs, Society and Governance issues in Latin America*
09-12-2004 - UNESCO´s project on e-governance capacity-building established a cooperation agreement with the Universidad Externado de Colombia to strengthen the online Observatory on ICTs, Society and Government issues launched by this University in 2003. The Observatory has a clearing house function on e-governance and on the information society in Colombia and Latin America.